|no shit, that wall planter's been empty for six years|
|can you spot the zip-top baggie in this picture?|
That's right: a zip-top baggie. The planter's a weird shape, and it's terra cotta, which means it's dry as a bone, even though it's painted most of the way around (all but the back) - and that Schefflera needs moisture. Moisture that would ruin the fake-ceramic-glaze paint job on the pot.
Solution: a 1-gallon plastic zip-top baggie, with three rows of small drainage holes poked into the bottom, inserted into the pot's opening and filled with soil - basically lining the pot with plastic. It drains well, but not too much, and the plastic is practically invisible under the foliage. I put a few rocks on top of the soil in the pot to keep it from washing away when I water it.
|Microsoft Paint: kickin' it old school|